So I’ve been playing with several things in the studio lately, today it only seems natural to share some “heart art” with you! I am slowly working my way back to creating more batik artwork. I took a break for several months but know I’ll be wanting new work for an upcoming show so I started playing with it again yesterday. Instead of creating on plain white paper this time I am using colored paper or paper with natural elements embedded in it. I also decided not to draw out and color in the designs with ink first but to preserve some of the paper color by painting the design on with wax instead. This was my second attempt at a heart, I stressed the paper out too much with the first one and it crumbled into pieces after the second waxing. Ooops!
I did go in after it dried and add some marks and lines. I like how loose and easy-going it ended up!
While I was in the studio I played with a new heart stencil (plus a couple others) in one of my journals…along with some “blendable” inks. It turned out cute enough for my first attempt.
I like it but…well, I just couldn’t help but do some digital editing on it. I know there are a lot of people out there that don’t necessarily enjoy Valentine’s Day. I don’t have strong feelings about it either way, I try to let the people that I love know they are loved all year round so I don’t get very extravagant celebrating just one day! Anyhow, the more I played with the image in Photoshop it morphed into a “dark” version…just for those that aren’t into the happy pink & red hearts or sentiments.
Enjoy the day…however you celebrate (or don’t). With love,
Your Randomly Creative Friend,
P.S. If you are out & about and happen to be in the area, the RED show opens tonight at Flourish Gallery, 88 Morgan Street, Martinsville, Indiana. I have art in the RED show and a selection of items for sale in the gallery too. I’ll be there from 2 p.m. till around 7 p.m.
So I’ve really begun different ways to explore art, techniques, etc. and one of the recent projects I tried was to create background papers using shaving cream as a medium for transfering acrylic inks onto the paper in interesting patterns. Sounded like fun and not too technical so I gave it a whirl!
shaving cream on a piece of acrylic
adding acrylic ink to shaving cream
Paper with the ink/cream on it’s surface
Adding more color for a second go at it
After the second layer was added
Finished with the first attempt
The first attempt didn’t really fall in the “successful” category but it was a learning experience, anyhow. 🙂 As I continued I did more mixing in of the ink before applying the paper & peeling it off, which worked much better and got more of a “marble” effect.
mixing and swirling
Pulling the paper off, prior to removing the shaving cream
paper after the shaving cream was removed
Trying some different color combos
Another color combination
The cream could be used several times before it turned “muddy” and had to be replaced. Here is an image of my favorite pieces from the session.
If nothing else it was a fun sensory experience with lime scented cream and brilliant colors. Would I do it again? Yup…but first I need to use these papers up. I’ve already started on one, look for it soon!
It seems a lot of my recent work includes these twisting, turning, swirling leaves/blades of grass/vine-type organic shapes! Remember “Dormant No More”? They are just what flows out of me right now. Here are three digital drawings that all have that type of “feel” to them…
I’d almost guarantee that you’ll see more that are similar in style! I’ve also been more than a bit obsessed with drawing/creating trees. Perhaps it’s indicitave of growth? I don’t even know why I do what I do…I just do it.
I finally have started on the new series of photo/digital artwork that I’ve been talking about for over a year.
I gathered up over 2,500 images that I’ve taken the past few years and threw them into one file folder so I can pick them out as I please and create something new from them. The only “rule” I’ve given myself is that in each one I need to use at least one image of the clouds/sky. Not hard to do since it’s one of my favorite things to photograph!
The other parameter I’m currently working on is that the images are fairly large file in a very vertical format. Specifically 48″ tall by 18″ wide. Of course they can be printed smaller than that but I envision them as being large when I create them!
Here’s a sample of the images I used to create “Appairiation” that’s shown at the top of the page:
Obviously you don’t see each detail from every image but I promise they are all in there! As I continue with this series I will be posting updates…look for some again in the next few weeks!
Moving from the black & white images from my previous post I seem to be in the mood for red quite a bit lately. I love how it just pops off the page when used with black, white & grey. These images were all created with the same program but on different computers and will different tools. Can you tell which one I used my finger to “paint” with? 🙂 Hey, a finger is a built in tool, let alone the least expensive!
Be sure to “click” on these images to see the full version! Next post? I’m changing it up a bit and sharing the beginnings of a new photo/digital series of work! Then back to more digital drawings, with even MORE colors. 🙂 I do have to say that these have also inspired me to do more “real” drawing and sketching as well, but we’ll catch up on that down the road a bit.
It seems I’ve been doing as much (or more!) digital art explorations than anything else the last month or so. I decided I better start sharing some or I’ll never get caught up! Please do remember, these are part of my learning curve with new media and tools…some I am really excited about, others not so much….but they are all part of making progress. 🙂 Today I am sharing some of the black & white sketches I’ve done:
Below the Surface
If you enjoy color don’t worry, there will be lots of it in upcoming posts!